Long-time radical activist and progressive journalist Jack A. Smith worked with the leftist newsweekly, the Guardian (originally the National Guardian), for 21 years, as a writer, news editor, and then editor. The National Guardian was founded in 1948 to promote the views of the Progressive Party and during the late 1960s through the 1970s the Guardian was the largest circulation independent left-wing paper in the United States. The Guardian closed shop in 1992.
Born in New York City, Jack Smith worked for United Press International (UPI) for eight years, starting when he was a student at Queens College, but UPI fired him when he was indicted for refusing induction into the army in the early '60s. Jack, then a radical pacifist, spent nine months in federal prison as a draft resister and afterwards was blackballed by the establishment media.
Smith, who considers himself a Marxist, will be 78 this month. He now lives in New Paltz, N.Y., with his wife, Donna Goodman, where he is involved in poltical organizing, especially against America’s imperial wars. Jack edits the Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter and his writing is published at The Rag Blog and other progressive outlets. We discuss his personal and professional history, the historic role of the Guardian, and Jack's work today. We also discuss issues raised in Smith's recent articles at The Rag Blog about what's really happening in Syria, the continuing rightward shift in American politics, and current attempts to "reverse" the outcome of the Vietnam War.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (theragblog.blogspot.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 56:39.